Louis Vuitton x Jeff Koons Collaboration: Mars, Venus & Cupid by Titian


Masters – A collaboration between Louis Vuitton and artist Jeff Koons, remixes the iconic artworks of the old masters and presents them in a way that encourages new interpretations.

Jeff Koons has brought imagery from his long-standing “Gazing Ball” paintings – a series of large-scale hand-painted reproductions of works by the Old Masters – to a range of Louis Vuitton products.

Having the names of the artists in reflective type is in a way performing a function like the gazing ball in the “Gazing Ball Paintings”… There’s also a reflective process about the person being interlinked with the bag.

The collection is is made up of artworks by old masters, namely Da Vinci, Titian, Rubens, Fragonard, and van Gogh.

Mars, Venus & Cupid by Titian

 
A virtuoso of the Italian High Renaissance, Titian was so revered he became known as the ‘sun amidst small stars’, a reference to Dante’s Paradiso. Among the artist’s most sensual masterpieces is Mars, Venus, and Cupid, an animated, erotically charged composition. The sense of energy and the emotional interaction between the subjects point to Titian’s evolution from a naturalistic approach to a more mannerist style marked by intellectual sophistication and compositional tension. This painting now hangs in the Kunsthistorisches Museum in Vienna.

The greatest painter of the 16th century Venetian School, Tiziano Vecellio — known as Titian— created about 600 known paintings. He dominated Venice’s art scene in its golden age; not only would he shape Renaissance art, but also generations of European artists to come.

After completing a portrait of Emperor Charles V in 1532, Titian was made a Count Palatine and a Knight of the Golden Spur. Titian became the official painter of The Republic Serenissime for 60 years and was as highly regarded as Raphael and Michelangelo.

He worked until his death in 1576.

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Neverfull MM
Price: US$3,200

The iconic Neverfull is twisted within this collaboration with refinement and femininity through exclusive know-how: gold Monogram serti, flower shapes, reflective metallic letters and colored trimmings. An exclusive leather lining embossed, printed and filled with gold tells you more about this unexpected collaboration. Ultimate luxury, the internal zipped clutch is animated and can be worn by itself as a clutch.

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Monogram Shawl Light
Price: US$1,460

The iconic Monogram Shawl becomes the expression of the elite collaboration with Jeff Koons , highlighting the exceptional and exclusive craftsmanship. The re-creation of this Masterpiece is featured on a new, soft and airy monogram jacquard material embellished with stunning and refined gold embroideries.

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Silk Square
Price: US$730

The famous Louis Vuitton silk square becomes the expression of the elite collaboration with Jeff Koons , highlighting the exceptional and exclusive craftsmanship. The re-creation of this Masterpiece is featured on a silk twill base embellished with stunning and refined gold embroideries.

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Bag Charm
Price: US$585

Inspired by the iconic rabbit, often played by Jeff Koons in his work, this bag charm will spice up any Louis Vuitton bag thanks to its original shape and bright colours. Louis Vuitton’s refinement is expressed through the work of the metallic structure and the choice of the leather.

Images via Louis Vuitton